Tom Fitzpatrick to Receive Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award

Fitzpatrick of Mentor, a Siemens Business, will be honored for his contributions to Portable Stimulus, UVM, SystemVerilog and more at DVCon U.S. 2019

Elk Grove, Calif., February 19, 2019 -- Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) announced today that Tom Fitzpatrick, Vice Chair of the Portable Stimulus Working Group and member of the UVM Working Group, is the recipient of the eighth annual Accellera Technical Excellence Award. The award was established to recognize the outstanding achievements of an individual among Accellera’s working group members and their significant contributions to the development of its standards.

Fitzpatrick, a noted verification evangelist, will be presented with the award at DVCon U.S. on Monday, February 25 during the Accellera Day luncheon from 12:00-1:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California. He will be recognized for his many years of dedication to the advancement of Accellera standards. He has been a key contributor to the evolution and adoption of the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) standard, Verilog and SystemVerilog standards and the development and launch of the Portable Test and Stimulus Standard 1.0 (PSS).

“Tom is a passionate verification technologist who has been at the forefront of ushering new languages and methods into industry practice for decades,” stated Martin Barnasconi, Accellera Technical Committee Chair. “He has been involved since the very early days of Verilog, guiding it to SystemVerilog within Accellera. He helped to bring an industry-unifying verification methodology to the global community of verification engineers, now known as UVM. In recent years, Tom has been one of the key drivers behind the development of the Portable Test and Stimulus Standard (PSS). Tom’s contributions to the advancement of industry standards and his technical leadership need to be recognized. He is well-deserving of the 2019 Accellera Technical Excellence Award,” Barnasconi added.

"I am honored to receive this award from Accellera, and humbled to be recognized for doing work that I think is very important for our industry,” said Fitzpatrick, Strategic Verification Architect at Mentor, a Siemens Business. “I have been blessed to work for many of the companies responsible for the creation and advancement of Accellera standards, including Mentor, which has helped pioneer portable stimulus technology since 2004, and led its standardization effort that began in 2014. I am gratified to have played a part in advancing the state of the art in verification over the years, and look forward to continued progress and collaboration with colleagues and peers throughout the industry.”

Fitzpatrick has been a member of Accellera since its merger with the Open SystemC Initiative in 2011 and has participated in numerous working groups. He has been the Vice Chair of the Portable Stimulus Working Group since its inception in 2015. He participated in the core group that developed the Verilog standard more than 25 years ago and as a result, served as Chair of the IEEE 1364 Working Group. He has been a long standing champion of UVM and participated in the IEEE 1800.2 Working Group in its infancy.

He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a hardware and chip designer, later moving into EDA, and has worked for several startup companies as well as each of the “big 3” EDA companies. Fitzpatrick is also currently Technical Program Chair for DVCon U.S. 2019. He was General Chair of DVCon in 2009 and has been the Editor of Verification Horizons publication since its beginning.

He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in both computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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